History maker

Bulldog center to represent Moffat County in The Show all-star game next month

Cayla Maneotis is making history.

The 6-foot-5 center has been selected as one of the top 20 female players in Colorado -- voted on by Colorado media -- and will play in The Show, the Colorado high school all-star game, on April 6.

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Jason Parker, account executive with the Denver Nuggets, said Maneotis is the first player to represent Moffat County since the Nuggets began hosting the game.

"I think it is pretty cool to be a piece of history," Maneotis said.

Maneotis, who will attend the University of Northern Colorado in the fall on a full-ride basketball scholarship, said this will be her second trip to the Pepsi Center in Denver, where she watched the women's NCAA tournament last year.

"I think it is really cool to get the chance to play with other great girls in the state," Maneotis said.

The Show will be her last game representing the Bulldogs. During the 2006-07 season, the center led the team with two blocks per game and averaged six rebounds and nine points per game. Last month, Maneotis was named to the Western Slope All-Conference Team.

A panel of eight media representatives from across the state selected 20 high school boys and 20 girls from all classifications to participate in The Show.

"Basically, people that cover and are most familiar with high school basketball," Parker said. "It is really quite the honor."

Maneotis said she was notified via phone about her position two weeks ago.

While she will be the lone Bulldog representative, she will have at least one familiar face on the hardwood with her.

Maneotis and her friend Hannah Tuomi of Horizon High School in Thornton played summer league basketball together.

"She emailed me to let me know I was on her team," Maneotis said.

Craig Mortensen, a teacher and veteran girls basketball coach at MCHS, has firsthand experience with The Show.

Mortensen was selected to coach the girls squad in 2006, and is now excited for Maneotis' opportunity.

"It is a real honor for her," Mortensen said. "It was a real honor and privilege to be a part of it last year. You get to practice in the Nuggets practice facility. It was real neat to see the gym. It should be a real fun time for Cayla."

The all-state girls are scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m. April 6, and the game will be shown live on Altitude Sports and Entertainment TV.

The boys will follow at about 5 p.m., and then all student-athletes will be able to sit back and watch the Nuggets play the Dallas Mavericks at 8 p.m.

Drew Turner can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or aturner@craigdailypress.com.

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